Palakkad Fort Palakkad Kerala


Palakkad Fort  is an old fort situated in the heart of Palakkad town of Kerala state, southern India. It was built by Haider Ali in 1766 ACE and remains one of the best preserved forts in Kerala.The grounds are known as Kotta maidan (fort grounds). The square-shaped fort, which has a chequered history, has majestic granite walls, a moat, a  drawbridge at the entrance, bastions at the four corners and at the centre, and various other architectural peculiarities that stand testimony to the fort’s strategic importance during the 18th and 19th centuries.  The fort is now under the control of the Archaeological Survey of India.
Palakkad Fort Palakkad Kerala
Inside the fort, there is a Martyr’s Column and an open-air auditorium named Rappadi, after a songbird that sings at night. The Palakkad sub-jail is also situated inside the fort.The ground around it, the Kotta Maidan, played an important part during the invasion of various armies. It was a stable for the horses and elephants that were used by Tipu’s troops. Today, it is a popular venue for expos, fairs, circuses and so on. 
At the entrance to the fort, there is a temple known as Kota ambalam (fort temple). The main deity here is Lord Hanuman. 
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